Hyde lose out on opening day

Cheshire County Premier Division: Alderley Edge 239-8, Hyde 191 all out

Hyde CC were well beaten at Alderley Edge on the opening day of the Cheshire County Premier league season, as cricket made a welcome return to the sporting calendar.

Alderley Edge won the toss on a glorious afternoon and decided to bat first, but they suffered an early setback when Jason Whittaker bowled Alan Day with just 10 on the board.

Ed Foster joined Sam Perry at the crease and the pair were forced to battle hard as the Hyde bowlers looked to tighten their grip.

Despite not making any further inroads, Hyde kept the run rate in check and, with 15 overs completed, the hosts were 41-1.

From that moment on Alderley Edge began to take control with Foster and Perry both passing 50 as they began to dominate the bowling.

The duo batted brilliantly as they added 160 for the second wicket, before Perry went for a well-made 78.

From 170-1, Edge slipped to 193-5 with Jake Hill taking two of the wickets and there was a chink of light for Hyde.

However, the last six overs proved crucial and the hosts closed their innings on 239-8, including 

a brilliant 93 from Ed Foster.

Jake Hill finished with 3-66.

In reply Hyde got off to an awful start, losing four wickets for just 21 runs.

There was a glimmer of hope as talisman James Duffy (24) and debutant Noah Vickery (31) added 41 for the fifth wicket, but the wicket of Duffy pretty much ended Hyde’s slender chances.

Former Alderley Edge man Adam Worrall made sure Hyde showed some fight as he scored a brilliant 73, but when he was last man out, Hyde were still 49 runs from their victory target.

This weekend Hyde host Oulton Park.

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